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blest book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

If William Shakespeare had ever written a tale of angels and demons, it might have turned out something like Blaise Lucey’s Blest, the first in a paranormal series (I hope) about a demon girl and an angel boy who fall for each other before learning that they are enemies. Claire is new to town, and Jim is something of an outcast. But they connect and eventually fall in love with one another, until discovering that they are on different sides of an Endless War.

Not only must they learn their respective places within their new “families,” but they must also navigate through high school—the Homecoming Dance, other romantic possibilities, jealousy, lies, and even death.

When Jim accepts his wings, he doesn’t fully understand what his parents felt that they had given up to provide a normal life for him. But when truths come to light, Jim learns that even if he had run from his birthright, it still would have eventually caught up with him. When Claire accepts hers, she has no idea how in over her head she is, or how her mother’s past is now catching up with her present. There is a reason that Claire’s mother always had them on the run—and Claire is about to meet the frightening reason why.

Blest is action-packed and full of teenage angst; it made me so very glad to be out of high school. Even though this is a fantasy novel, I still couldn’t help but attempt to put myself in Jim’s or Claire’s shoes and wonder how horrific it would be to face peer pressure and high school cliques all the while dealing with a secret that couldn’t be shared with anyone outside of other angelic or demonic persons. I thought Lucey perfectly captured the high school experience, and expertly blended it with the paranormal. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will definitely find something to enjoy here.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Alloy Entertainment. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.